After three days of being on the run, a Texas man on probation for a previous stabbing was arrested Tuesday.
Marques Kelvin Potts is now facing a charge of felony murder in the death on July 29th, in Melissa Fowler’s apartment in northwest Houston. The criminal complaint was filed at Harris County District Court. Houston Police confirmed to the Houston Chronicle, that although the charging documents did not reveal their relationship, the alleged murderer and his victim had been in a romantic relationship.
Potts is shown in court records to have stabbed an unidentified female member of his family on March 20, 2021.
According to the Chronicle, Potts was ordered by a protective order issued after his arrest in 2021 to stay at least 200 feet from the apartment building where he is alleged to have killed Fowler. The outlet reported that in June this year, Potts agreed to a deferred judgment deal in exchange for five years probation.
According to the complaint, a Houston police officer reported a “stunning murder” on Saturday evening. Fowler was found to have “multiple apparent stabbing wounds” all over her body.
The document states that Fowler’s apartment manager who claimed to have known Fowler for many years and had identified Potts as her killer provided police with surveillance footage which captured “a part of the murder.”
Potts, who was allegedly at the time, allegedly forced his way through her door “using a hand tool” to wait in her apartment for 20 minutes.
After she entered, Fowler was allegedly seen “fall[ing] from her apartment with several apparent injuries on her chest” and then “trying to hold onto the door jamb before Potts forced her back in.”
After hearing Fowler’s screams, an apartment employee knocked at his door. However, he left when no one answered.
Stephen Caldwell, , a neighbor of Fowler, told KPRC that he heard screaming as well. He told the outlet that he heard “two screams.” It wasn’t loud at all. I remember wanting to get up to see what was happening but I thought it wasn’t my business. “I feel bad that I didn’t.”
The apartment employee later told police that she saw “an older male black” cleaning up what appeared to blood in the hall.
She asked him what happened and he said, “I just whooped [her] a –,” according to the court documents – afterwards, according to court documents, the worker called the police.”
Fowler was found face down in her apartment with bloodied knives and stab wounds on her chest and back. She was declared dead on the scene.
According to the complaint, her puppy “was found in a bathtub, stabbed to Death.”
Potts was arrested on Tuesday “without incident”, according to a press release from the Houston Police Department. The Chronicle reported that the police did not specify where the arrest occurred.
One neighbor told KPRC they “hoped they catch him” during his time on the lam.
Currently, he is being held in Harris County Jail on $125,000 bail. According to jail records his case was moved to another court Thursday to account for an alleged probation violation.
A second neighbor who also wanted to remain anonymous told KPRC that she regretted having not called law enforcement when Fowler confided first in her about violent events which preceded the suspected killing.
“When I said I would call the police, she replied, ‘No, no, and no. If he does it, I will call the police. “But he did not do it again. He took her life,” said the neighbor. “I regret that I let her make the decision. Yes, I do.”
Potts’ neighbor said Potts also acted “very strange” on the day of the fatal attack.
“He tried talking to me about it.” “I regret not talking to him,” said the neighbor.
In a KTRK statement, the New Hope Housing Complex (where Fowler lived and Potts was a resident) said that they “deeply regretted the horrific murder of [one of] their residents due to intimate partners violence.” The complex management said that they were thinking of her family and friends as they mourned the loss. We are working with Houston Area Women’s Center in order to improve our ability to provide life-saving services to any resident who may be in an abusive environment.
The Chronicle was told by the low income housing unit that Potts passed a criminal background investigation to be able to live at the low income housing facility.
Potts is listed with The Right Step, a mental and addiction treatment center in northeast Houston.